Additive Manufacturing Users Group presents ten DINO Awards
April 11, 2023
The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) presented ten DINO (Distinguished INnovator Operator) Awards at this year’s annual AMUG Conference, during a ceremony that commemorated the Award’s 25th anniversary.
The DINO Award recognises those that have contributed to the Additive Manufacturing industry with the intent to advance the industry as a whole or to advance the skills and knowledge of individuals. AMUG representatives presented this years awards in recognition of tenure in the AM industry, years of service, contributions to the industry, and active support of the users group.
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“This award recognises not only experience but also character and passion,” stated Gary Rabinovitz, DINO Selection Committee Chair and at Large. “Following a lengthy nomination and review process, the committee selected ten deserving individuals from over 1,800 attendees of the AMUG Conference.”
The newly named DINOs are:
- Tim Bell, MELD Manufacturing Corporation
- Bogdan Filipkowski, Custom Prototypes Inc.
- Rob Hassold, Cimquest, Inc.
- Danny Levy, Influit Energy
- Matthew Mitchell, Yazaki North America
- Heather Natal, GoEngineer
- Roger Nielsen, In’Tech Industries
- Dave Rittmeyer, Mathews International
- Colton Rooney, EMI Corp.
- Alex Roschli, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The new DINOs’ efforts are said to have played varied roles in making the AMUG Conference a positive experience for those seeking insights, information, and connections. Over many years, they have supported AMUG by being team members on the AMUG Board and AMUG committees (Bell, Levy, Mitchell, Natal, Rooney, and Roschli), by supporting education through scholarships (Hassold and Nielson), and by demonstrating how to achieve results through Additive Manufacturing (Filipkowski and Rittmeyer).
Rabinovitz added, “This was the 25th anniversary of the DINO Award, and we had representation at AMUG 2023 for DINO classes back to 1998, with 40% of all DINOs attending the conference.”
He also noted that many DINOs in attendance continue to be active in the AMUG community through volunteer roles on the board and committees.
Nominations for 2024 DINO candidates will be accepted beginning October 1, 2023.